Prof. Juan María Solare - composer & pianist
He was born on August 11th 1966 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he studied Piano with María Teresa Criscuolo and Perla Brúgola. He studied Conducting with Mario Benzecry, and Composition with Fermina Casanova, Valdo Sciammarella and Juan Carlos Zorzi. In 1989 he graduated as Superior Professor of Piano and in 1993 as Superior Professor of Composition, both at the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires. He also studied Music Analysis privately under the guidance of Francisco Kröpfl.
Diploma in Composition with Johannes Fritsch (Künstlerische Reifeprüfung) at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. Postgraduate course with Mauricio Kagel (1996). From October 1997 to Febraury 1999 he studied with Helmut Lachenmann in Stuttgart. Between 1999 and 2001 studied electronic music with Hans Ulrich Humpert in Cologne, with Diploma. In April 2005 he obtained the title "Licenciado en Composición" (Master in Composition) from the Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte in Buenos Aires. Currently he is doing a PhD in music education at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the Konzertexamen (master) in electroacoustic composition at the Musikhochschule in Cologne.
He has undertaken courses of study -in Argentina and abroad- with Ljerko Spiller (Chamber Music, Dec. 1986 and Jan. 1988 in Bariloche), Mónica Cosachov (Chamber, Mar. to Dec. 1989 in Buenos Aires), Liliana Cangiano (Choir, Mar. to Dec. 1987 in Buenos Aires), Rosalyn Tureck (Piano, Sep. 1989 in Buenos Aires), Antoní Ros-Marbá (Conducting, Dec. 1989 in Madrid), Luis de Pablo (Analysis, Feb. 1992 in Madrid), Juan Allende-Blin (Hörspiel/Radiotheater, July 1992 in Buenos Aires), Hans Jürgen von Bose (Music theater, August 1992 in Buenos Aires), Jorge Haro (Music and Computing, June 1993 in Buenos Aires), Klarenz Barlow (MusiQuantic: Music and Number, June 1994, Cologne) and Siegfried Mauser (piano, April 1995, Darmstadt), Peter Gülke und Helmuth Rilling (conducting, August 1995, Stuttgart) Tom Johnson (self-similar melodies, October 1995, Cologne), Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano, Feb. 1996, Cologne), Guy Reibel (vocal improvisation, Apr. 1996, Darmstadt), Vinko Globokar (instrumental improvisation, Apr. 1996, Darmstadt), Cristóbal Halffter, Tomás Marco and Javier Darias (Composition, June 1996, Mollina, Spain), Tom Johnson (Komposition, July 1996, St-Germain des Angles, France), Dieter Schnebel (his works, September 1997, Montevideo, Uruguay), György Kurtág (chamber music, June 1998, Cologne), Rainer Wehinger (electronic music, Stuttgart, July 1998), Karlheinz Stockhausen (his works, August 1998, August 1999 and August 2001, Kürten), Claude Delangle (contemporary Saxophon, Buenos Aires, October 1999), Pierre Strauch (contemporary Cello, Buenos Aires, October 1999), José Luis Campana (his works and computer music, Buenos Aires, October 1999), Mauricio Sotelo and Manfred Trojahn (composition, Mollina, Juli 2000), Gerhard Stäbler & Kunsu Shim (graphic scores), Toshio Hosokawa (his compositions).
He has given several solo piano and chamber recitals throughout Argentina (notably in Buenos Aires, Tandil, Córdoba, Bariloche, Zárate, Mendoza, San Martín de los Andes) and performed in Europe (Göttingen, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Bremerhaven, Ottersberg, Verden, Misselwarden, Bremen, Worpswede, Hamburg, Bonn, Hannover, Heyerhöfen, Bassum, Herxheim, Heidelberg; Amsterdam, Geneva, Sevilla, Madrid, Granada, Oviedo, Svendborg, London, Graz).
Founding Member (in June 1999) of the ensemble "die Kugel" (the sphere) of controlled improvisation of the society "Künstler Kontakte Köln" ("Artistic Contacts Cologne").
Performances of his works in Buenos Aires (1986, 1991, 99, 2002, 03, 05, 06, 07, 09), Tandil (1987, 1991, 1996, 1998, 2005, 07, 09), Darmstadt (1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2003), Cologne (every year from 1993 to 2003, 05, 06, 07, 08), Lüchow (1995), Delmenhorst (1995) Gelsenkirchen (1996), Heidelberg (1997, 2002, 10), Bremen (1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 06, 07, 08, 09), Madrid (1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 06, 08, 09, 10), Córdoba (Arg, 1998, 2009), Stuttgart (1998, 99, 2002), Dresden (1999), Luxemburgo (1999), Beaufort (Lux, 1999), Guelph (Canada, 1999), Leverkusen (1999, 2003), Paris (1999, 2007), Amsterdam (1999, 2003, 2004), Rome (1999, 2002, 2004, 2007), Bologna (2000, 2003), Diez (2000), Wuppertal (2000, 2001, 2002, 2005), Mendoza (2000, 2003, 05), Düsseldorf (2000-01), London (2000-05, 2007-09), Berlin (2000, 01, 05, 06, 08, 09, 10), La Habana (2001), Lörrach (2001), Worpswede (2001, 2002, 2003, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10), Ottersberg (2002, 06, 07), Chester (2002), Tilburg (2002), Veere (Holland, 2002), Utrecht (2002), Valladolid, Lilienthal (2002, 2004, 07, 08), Gotenborg (2002), Munich (2003), New York (2003, 04, 05), Osaka (2003), Cincinnati (2003), Middletown (Connecticut, 2003), Buffalo (2003), Flensburg (2003), Oldenburg (2003), Gersfeld (2003), Vienna (2003), Indianapolis (2003), Singapur (2003), Perugia (2004), Verden (2004), Leichlingen, Bacau (Rumania, 2004), Varrel (Germany, 2004), Adelphi (USA), Sondershausen (2004), Alicante (2004, 2006), Wiesbaden (2004), Utuado (Puerto Rico), Lima (Perú, 2004-05), Kirchweyhe (2005), Sevilla (2005), Sofía (Bulgaria), Bremerhaven (Germany, 2005, 06, 07, 08, 10), Geneva (Switzerland, 2005, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10), Fischerhude (Germany, 2005), Trieste (Italy, 2005, 07), Toluca (Mexico), Zacatecas (Mexico), Misselwarden (Germany, 2006), Hamburg (2006, 07, 10), Juiz de Fora (Minas Gerais, Brasil, 2006), La Plata (Arg., 2006, 07, 08, 10), Bad Bederkesa (Germany, 2006), Bonn (2006), Carouge (Switzerland, 2007), San Martín de los Andes (Arg., 2007, 09), Karlsruhe (2007), Fonsagrada (2007), Lucena (2007), San Antonio (Texas, 2007), Nuevo León (México, 2007), Monterrey (2007), Hannover (2007), San José (Costa Rica, 2007), Antwerpen (Belgium, 2007), Heyerhöfen (Germany, 2008), San Juan (Arg., 2008), Lincoln (Arg., 2008), Svendborg (Denmark, 2008, 10), Schwerin (Germany, 2008, 10), Bassum (Germany, 2008), Tucumán (Arg., 2008, 09), Ohio (USA, 2008, 09), Bariloche (Arg., 2009), Graz (2009), Herxheim (Germany, 2009), Pretoria (South Africa, 2009), Santiago de Compostela (2009), Cieza (Spain, 2009), San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Spain, 2009), Granada (2010), Oviedo (2010), Missouri (2010), Oklahoma (2010), Murcia (2010), Almansa (2010), Frankfurt (2010). Portrait-concert in the auditorium "Freie Kammerspiele Köln" (Cologne, May 27th 1998, organized by the Rheinische Musikschule).
In 1990 his string quartet Demeter was awarded First prize in the annual competition for composers organized by Promociones Musicales de la Argentina. In 1995 his Musical Theater piece Black Bart, for soprano sola, was selected by Hans-Joachim Hespos (Germany) in an internacional competition for one-minute-long compositions. In 1996 three Honourable Mentions -for the works Epiclesis (flute), Vae Victis (saxo) and Un Haiku bilingüe (choir)- in the competition "Juan Carlos Paz", organized by the "Fondo Nacional de las Artes", Argentina. In 1999 Honourable Mention for his piece "El Caballero de la triste figura" (double bass) in the Composition Contest of the British & International Bass Forum (BIBF), UK. In June 2000 his "Nenia in memoriam Juan Pedro Franze" was presented in Amsterdam at the International Rostrum of Composers (UNESCO) before producers from 35 broadcasting stations. November 2000 Third Honorific Mention in the "First Composition Competition for Guitar 'Agustín Barrios Mangoré'" organized by the Associations YAGE and ASPEKTE SALZBURG. In May 2001 his piece "Arriba los de abajo" (for Trio Basso) achieves the Third Price in the composition contest of the "Viola-Stiftung Walter Witte" (Viola Foundation Walter-Witte) in Frankfurt. In October 2004 only prize winner in the "Bremer Komponistenwettbewerb" (Bremen, Germany). First Prize (September 2005) at the 2nd "Concurso Promociones Electroacústicas" organized by the Federación Argentina de Música Electroacústica, the Conservatorio Nacional and the Instituto Tecnológico ORT, for his piece "Point of no return".
In July 1992, 1994 and 1998 he won scholarships from the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt to attend the Courses for New Music (Ferienkurse für neue Musik). Lessons with Brian Ferneyhough and Bernhard Wambach.
In April 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 he attended the congresses "Music and Performance", "Music and Technic", "Improvisation, Performance, Scene", "Music and Ritual" and "New Music 1999: Balance and Perspectives", organized by the Institut for New Music and Music Education in Darmstadt. In April 2000 he gave there at the Congress "Sound and Perception" a lecture on Luigi Nono. In 2001 he attended the Congress "Concert - Sound Art - Computer" and in 2002 the Congress "Voice". In 2003 he attended the Congress "Interculture" and organised a concert with "Electroacoustic music from Iberoamerica".
In Juli 1994 he attended the course for "Algorithmic Real-time Composition" by Clarence Barlow in Madrid, organized by the Centre for the Diffusion of Contemporary Music (CDMC) and its Laboratory of Musical Informatic and Electronic (LIEM).
Since 1986 until 1993 he taught Harmony, Counterpoint, Morphology, History of Music, Acoustics and Chamber Music at the Conservatory of Tandil (Argentina), and also gives private tuition in XXth Century techniques (as at the SEAD, Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, or at the Université Permanente in Nantes, at the Conservatorio de Asturias in Oviedo or at the Conservatorio Real in Madrid). He occasionally gives public lectures on these topics. Since January 2002 gives piano tuition at the Musikschule Bremen. Since October 2002 he conducts a chamber music group devoted to tango at the University Bremen.
In January 2002 he was jury (piano) in the 39th regional competition Jugend Musiziert of the regions of Diepholz, Nienburg, Schaumburg (close to Bremen).
He contributed articles as a freelance writer to the music magazine Clásica, and to the newspapers La Nación, El Sol, Nuevos Aires, Bitácora, El Eco, Nueva Era and La Mañana (Argentina). Over 150 articles published. Translations from German and English for col legno Records (Munich) and for the International Bach Academy (Stuttgart). Regular columnist and correspondent of the magazines "Ritmo", "Doce Notas" (Madrid) and "Clásica" (Buenos Aires). Writes on chess for "Jaque" (Madrid).
Between May 1990 and May 1992 he produced "Music of the Middle Age and the Renaissance" on Radio Clasica. From December 1990 to August 1991 he conducted "Interdiscipline in Art", a music programme for Radio Cultura (both in Buenos Aires). Since September 1994 he is collaborator in the Spanish Short-Wave program of the German radio Deutsche Welle (Cologne). Correspondent of Radio Contemporánea (Gonnet, Arg.). Between January and June 1998 he produced (from Cologne) the radio programm "Medio Siglo" (Half a Century) on contemporary music for Radio Clásica.
Since October 1993 up to December 1994 he took up a scholarship awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to undertake a postgraduate course for one year in Composition and Analysis at the High School of Music in Cologne with Professor Johannes Fritsch. There he also studied Computer Music with Clarence Barlow, Contemporary Piano Techniques with Klaus Runze and Instrumentation with Martin Herchenröder.
July 1998 - June 1999 scholarship of the Heinrich Strobel Foundation (Baden-Baden).
June 2001 - May 2002 he held a scholarship at the Künstlerhäuser in Worpswede, Germany.
Three of his works had been published by the Verlag Dohr (Cologne). Ediciones GCC (Grupo de Canto Coral = Group for Choral singing) will publish in the following months seven of his Choral works. Ricordi Munich published his "Apuntes en una libreta de apuntes" for guitar. Four of his pieces appeared in the album Arte del Tango (Ricordi Munich, 2006).